Doc Rivers, by all indications, likes what he’s seen from Hedo Turkoglu in workouts so far. Word is that the LA Clippers will ink the veteran forward for the remainder of the season. Per NTV SPOR and the LA Times:
Hidayet Türkoğlu is in LA. Pending a physical, he will sign a contract with Clippers until the end of this season.
— Ismail Senol (@ismailsenol) January 15, 2014
Asked before practice (Tuesday) if he could see the Clippers signing Turkoglu to a contract, Rivers said, “We could, yeah. We’re looking at him strong. I can say that much.”
The Clippers have a full 15-man roster and would have to waive a player before they could sign Turkoglu. But a Turkoglu deal could be done as soon as Wednesday or Thursday, the day the Clippers leave for a seven-game, 12-day trip.
Turkoglu, 34, worked out for Rivers and the Clippers Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista. “He made shots from everywhere,” Rivers said Friday. “He looked good. It was a good workout.” The 6-foot-10 Turkoglu has averaged 11.9 points and 3.1 assists over 12-plus NBA seasons. The Orlando Magic had told Turkoglu to stay away from the team this season, and finally waived him Jan. 3.